Saturday, November 11, 2006

Today is Veteran's Day

I doubt that those of you who read my blog regularly have missed that point. I just want to ask a small favor of you--find one vet today, and say "thank you".

Friday, November 10, 2006

Goodbye, Ricky kitty

We had to bid goodbye to our Ricky kitty this morning. At nearly 17, he had beaten diabetes and was slowly declining from chronic renal failure. I took him to the vet yesterday after a precipitous drop in his weight. The exam showed an infected mass, possibly cancerous, on his tongue. When I went to pick him and his antibiotics up, he was having problems walking. Given his poor condition and the stress of the trip, the vet and I hoped that a nights rest would perk him up.

It didn't. This morning, he was worse. We took him to the vet, who had just gotten his bloodwork back. The news was bad--along with the worsening problems relating to kidney failure, the diabetes was back. We discussed the options, which were few. We knew that all we had done for the past two years was so that he could live a good life, not to force him to exist because we were too cowardly to allow him to go--and I wouldn't allow that effort to turn into something evil and nasty. The euthanization procedure was gently done, and Mrs. Freeholder and I were with him at his last conscious moment.

A short while ago, the entire family finished burying him in the back yard of the new Freehold.

Right now, I'm just sick. Even though I know we did everything we realistically could, I wonder if we could have done more? I don't think so, but those thoughts seem to keep coming to the fore.

I'm going to go find something useful and brainless to do outside in the warm sun that Ricky will never bask in again.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Roll over and play dead

(Via Worldnet Daily)

President Bush on Wednesday said increasing the national minimum wage is likely an issue on which he could cooperate with Democratic leaders in Congress.

"I believe in a lot of issues we can find common ground and there's a significant difference between common ground and abandoning principles," the president said in a news conference a day after midterm elections in which Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Maybe there is a difference between common ground and abandoning principles, but I'm not sure this President knows it. I'd feel a lot better if he put the Democrats (and the remaining Republicans) on notice, saying something like "I'm a born-again conservative and I'm warming up my veto pen!" Of course, that is highly unlikely.

2008 is looking dimmer and dimmer.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hm-m-m, it may happen faster than I thought

After watching Jericho (which now seems a bit more plausible), I started nosing around the web to see how things were playing. My mood is now decidedly darker:

Gaza Shelling Prompts Hamas to Call for Attacks Against U.S.

Well, I'm glad they didn't confuse us with Spain.

Donald Rumsfeld Resigning as Defense Secretary

Rummy, if you were willing to fall on your sword, why couldn't you have done it a couple of months ago when it would have done some good. All you've done now is put blood in the water.

Democrats' Wins Embraced Overseas

Especially by our Islamic terrorist enemies.

Tuesday night was a Good Night for Gun Control Advocates

Stock up on standard capacity magazine, ammo, semi-automatic anythings and anything in .50 BMG now, before the rush.

Democrat Spending May Mean Higher Taxes

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

But the thing that I and others find the most humorous is that, despite all of the warnings about electronic voting machines and how Karl Rove would surely use them to hijack the election, there are no stories about "stolen" elections, no stories about the poor and downtrodden being denied an opportunity to vote--hell, there are precious few stories about problems, if you discount those in the first few hours.

Of course, those stories started to disappear soon after it began to be obvious the Democrats were going to win big. Amazing how the tune changes when they win.

My take on the elections

Democrats didn't win, as much as Republicans lost. They lost by running away--from the conservatives who voted them in in the first place. They lost because their top leadership, who portrayed himself as a "compassionate conservative", had a lot more compassion than conservative in his makeup, and people got tired of it.

I made some time to listen to Rush Limbaugh today. Despite his on-air demeanor, he often has some useful things to say. the best point he made was that Conservatism (as opposed to Liberalism) won. The only conservatives running were conservative Democrats. While not strictly true, his point is well taken. No Democrat supported by the far-left fringe of their party won a national race. But a number of conservative Democrats won theirs.

While a number of conservative commentators and media outlets are downcast, Rush was pretty much buoyant. He says that it's because he no longer has to "carry the water" for those who don't deserve it. Maybe if he had made a point of not doing it, things would have worked out a bit differently.

I've been plenty critical of the President and his party when they merited it--and they've merited it a lot. For the past 2 years, and you could argue that it has been more like the past 4 or 5 years, the Republican Party has failed to "dance wit' the one who brung 'em". I suspect that lead to a number of conservatives who stayed home to send a "message" to the Republican Party. Bad idea. What you've done is to put the fox in charge of the hen house.

I held my nose and did as I've counseled everyone to do--voted a straight Republican ticket. Not because I thought that was the "right" way to vote, but because the consequences of a Democrat takeover of Congress were too dark to contemplate. Let me throw out a few thoughts for you to wake up at 3 AM and consider:
  • A fast exit from Iraq and a failure to finish hunting down terrorists
  • Failure to renew the tax cuts
  • Even more government spending and spiraling debt
  • The passage of an illegal immigrant amnesty bill, cleverly disguised as "immigration reform"
  • Son of Assault Weapons Ban (New and Improved! with Confiscation)
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
  • President of the Senate Harry Reid
  • Boosting the chances of a Democrat President of the US in 2008
Those of us who are conservative (or at least, mostly conservative), can hope that the Republican Party, after they stop seeing stars, does a little soul-searching and realizes they lost because they strayed too far from what most of us saw as the ideals of the party. They have 2 years to get their act together, convince us that they have seen the error of their ways and get us some conservative candidates on the ballot. It's either that, or they'll loose again in 2008.

Monday, November 06, 2006

This will be an important book

You should read it. You can read the first 5 chapters now by going here. (Warning--this link won't be good for this purpose forever. Go now.)

Carnival of Cordite, #79

The Carnival is in full swing at Spank the Donkey. I've got to get out more....

A Democrat voting Republican

(Via Random Nuclear Strikes)

Orson Scott Card is voting Republican. Here's why. I don't totally agree with him, but it's well worth the time to read.

The smartest thing I've read recently

(From Random Nuclear Strikes)

The 10 Commandments of former Sen. Harry P. Cain:
  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help small men by tearing big men down.
  4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  5. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative.
  10. You cannot really help men by having the government tax them to do for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Wisdom, distilled.

Reminder--check your fire extinguishers

I was prompted by a thread on Timebomb2000 to check out the fire extinguishers around The Freehold. Much to my surprise and chagrin, I found that the one beside my bed had leaked out it's propellant. Time to replace that one. Also per that thread, I'm going to salvage the powder to use in the event of a chimney or frying pan fire. I'm not too sure I want to get that close to a burning chimney, but it would beat losing the house.

Check your extinguishers now.

Yes Virgina, there is no consensus on global warming

(Via Timebomb 2000.)

Or at least on the cause of it.

The Physical Evidence of Earth’s Unstoppable 1,500-Year Climate Cycle

From the Executive Summary:

The Earth currently is experiencing a warming trend, but there is scientific evidence that human activities have little to do with it. Instead, the warming seems to be part of a 1,500-year cycle (plus or minus 500 years) of moderate temperature swings.

It has long been accepted that the Earth has experienced climate cycles, most notably the 90,000-year Ice Age cycles. But in the past 20 years or so, modern science has discovered evidence that within those broad Ice Age cycles, the Earth also experiences 1,500-year warming-cooling cycles. The Earth has been in the Modern Warming portion of the current cycle since about 1850, following a Little Ice Age from about 1300 to 1850. It appears likely that warming will continue for some time into the future, perhaps 200 years or more, regardless of human activity.

Evidence of the global nature of the 1,500-year climate cycles includes very long-term proxies for temperature change — ice cores, seabed and lake sediments, and fossils of pollen grains and tiny sea creatures.

There are also shorter-term proxies — cave stalagmites, tree rings from trees both living and buried, boreholes and a wide variety of other temperature proxies. Scientists got the first unequivocal evidence of a continuing moderate natural climate cycle in the 1980s, when Willi Dansgaard of Denmark and Hans Oeschger of Switzerland first saw two mile-long ice cores from Greenland representing 250,000 years of Earth’s frozen, layered climate history. From their
initial examination, Dansgaard and Oeschger estimated the smaller temperature cycles at 2,550 years.

None of these pieces of evidence would be convincing in and of themselves. However, to dismiss the evidence of the 1,500-year climate cycle, it is necessary to dismiss not only the known human histories from the past 2,000 years but also an enormous range and variety of physical evidence found by a huge body of serious researchers.

You might want to put those plans on buying future ocean-front property in Denver on hold.

Rmember who the enemy is

(Via Drudge)

Just in case I haven't pointed this out recently, no matter what our political beliefs, we need to remember who our real enemy is:

Al Qaeda terrorists planned to use "dirty bombs" to blow up the Heathrow Express or a Tube train passing under the Thames, a court heard today.

Dhiren Barot, 34, also plotted to strike at the West End's leading hotels and mainline railway stations.

Yes folks, Muslim terrorists want to kill us in wholesale lots. Surprised?

Barot expected the devastation and loss of life to match 9/11 and the Madrid bombs, the court heard.

The attacks would have been coordinated in a series of back-to-back explosions with further strikes on landmark buildings in Washington, New York and Newark, New Jersey.

Something to consider on your way to the polls--who do you think is going to do a better job of protecting you from this sort of threat? Democrats, with their "We need to understand and reach out to these people while we run away from them" strategy, or Republicans with their "War on Terror" strategy?

Personally, I think the Republican's strategy is stupid (because it doesn't go far enough), but the Democrat's is suicidal. Given the choice, I'm going to go with stupid.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Death by hanging

Well, if you've been under a rock all day, Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death by hanging for "crimes against humanity".

OK, I can go with this. By any normal standard, the guy was a ruthless, bloody, vicious bastard, as were most of his family, friends and acquaintances. He's getting (assuming the execution is carried out) somewhat less than he deserves. The world will hardly be the worse when he's gone.

I'm also amused that the "explosion of violence" that the lamestream media was panting for hasn't happened, at least so far. Yeah, there's been some disturbances in some predominantly Sunni areas, but nothing out of line with an ordinary day in Iraq. It's simply astounding how little this bunch knows. Then again, when you never get out of the Green Zone, I guess it's easy to be uninformed.

My main problem is with the whole "crimes against humanity" thing. I'm not comfortable with how it's been applied ever since the concept was dreamed up during the early part of the last century. The Nuremberg trials, while not a travesty of justice, still lead to the execution and imprisonment of some for whom "I was following orders" should have been an allowable defense.

At some point, the whole "crimes against humanity" thing is going to come around and bite the United States (or more likely, some of our military) squarely on the behind. Some of our "not quite enemies" have already tried to have George Bush hauled before the World Court on such allegations. I believe that it's also been proposed for some of our military personnel.

One of these days, the leftist loons will find themselves with enough (hopefully temporary) power that they will successfully pursue one of these prosecutions. And then, the fun will begin.

Unclear on the concept

(Via Drudge)

University of Pennsylvania president Dr. Amy Gutmann is obviously unclear on the concept "Why suicide bombers are bad." I say this with more than some confidence after she posed
with UPenn student Saad Saadi who was dressed as one.

Dressed as "Glinda the Good Witch" (more like "Glinda the Dumb rhymes with witch", given that her father fled Hitler and the Nazis in 1934), the smiling Gutmann posed with a grim appearing Saadi, who was later quoted in the campus paper as saying he was dressed as a "freedom martyr".

The Freeholder's suggested remedial actions? First, Dr. Gutmann needs to lose her job. She has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is unqualified. If her judgment is this poor, who needs her running a university?

Second, if Saadi is here on a student visa (or any visa), he's immediately deported. If he's a citizen, then he needs to be fully investigated as a potential terrorist suspect.

I know I shouldn't be, but I am constantly amazed at the human race.